Code of publishing ethics

„Insurance Law” is guided by the principles set out by the Committee on Publication Ethics COPE,included in the COPE Code of Conduct (annex no. 1).

I. Editorial policy

  • The applied editorial policy is independent in relation to the owner and the publisher.
  • Decisions to accept a paper for publication are taken by Editorial Board. The rules for acceptance of articles for publication are transparent.
  • While deciding to accept or reject a paper for publication the Editorial Board takes into account the topic, originality, importance and relevance to the readers of the journal, without interference of the owner and the publisher.
  • Editors apply all available measures to prevent plagiarism, fraud and publication of false data.
  • The applied procedures ensure high content-related and editorial quality of published articles.
  • Peer-reviewed articles are included in the „Articles and Treatises” section of the quarterly and are separated from the non-reviewed part of the magazine.
  • Commercial considerations do not affect editorial decisions, taken by the Editorial Board. Misleading advertisements are rejected.
  • The publisher guarantees confidentiality and security of personal data.

II. Duties of authors

  • Detailed guidelines for authors and the rules for eligibility of articles for publication are posted on the website: http://prawoasekuracyjne.pl/wskazowki-dla-autorow/.
  • Authors are required to participate in the peer-review process.
  • Articles should contain the so-called added value, namely the author’s own genuine contribution to the particular branch of knowledge and the author’s position in relation to discussed issues.
  • The author files a declaration that  the paper submitted to publication is an original text, does not infringe the rights of third parties, has not been published before and has been prepared on his /her own. Any borrowings, quotations, tables and comments to them used in the text should bear the appropriate footnotes (annex n0. 2).
  • Editors require the author’s contribution to be determined in the case of two or more authors of one article.
  • Editors counteract the phenomena of „ghostwriting” and „guest authorship”.
  • Whoever usurps the authorship or misleads others as to the authorship of a whole or a part of another person’s work shall be liable in accordance with the provisions of the Copyright Law (consolidated version: OJ 2006 No.90, item 631 with later amendments).
  • The author submits a declaration that all the data in the article are true and do not constitute plagiarism. In case of errors they are obliged  to cancel the incorrect data and correct errors.
  • Copyright is clearly determined in accordance with the act – Copyright Law. The author makes an adequate statement about the transfer of copyright to the publisher, who is granted a licence to distribute the article, and consents to personal data processing (annex n0. 2).

III. Text reviewing principles

  • Each text (article, gloss) submitted for publication in ” Insurance Law” shall be subject to a two-tier review procedure.
  • In the first place, an internal review of the text shall be drawn up. The internal review shall be drawn up by the Editor-in Chief or a member of the Editorial Board designated by him/her.
  • If the internal review is positive, the text shall be submitted for review to the external reviewers. If the internal review is negative, the author is informed about the refusal of the publication and the basic reasons for such a decision.
  • The external review of each text is drawn up by two reviewers independently of each other. If the reviewers provide contradictory opinions, there is a possibility of the appointment of the third reviewer.
  • External reviewers shall be designated from the list of reviewers. The list of reviewers-experts and authorities  in certain branches of knowledge – is posted on the website (http://prawoasekuracyjne.pl/lista-recenzentow/) and at least in the last issue of the journal published in a given year. It is updated when necessary.
  • The reviewers should have the necessary knowledge to carry out a proper evaluation of the article.
  • Editors apply the „double-blind” peer review,” which enables to avoid the conflict of interest.
  • Reviewing principles are posted on the website together with a review form (http://prawoasekuracyjne.pl/zasady-recenzowania/).
  • Editors pass the article to the reviewer (having removed information about the author’s identity) in the trust that he/she will not use it for personal purposes.
  • The author receives a review for inspection (after removing information about the identity of the reviewers) and is obliged to respond to it and take into consideration any critical comments.
  • The author sends the corrected text back to the Editors together with the answers to the reviewers’comments, and then the Editorial Board makes a final decision to accept or reject the text.
  • Reviewers are requested  to disclose plagiarism, misconduct and data manipulation.
  • While evaluating the article the reviewers emphasize the reliability of content, originality and usefulness of the texts for insurance science and practice.
  • Reviewers provide reviews, which are just, objective, efficient, constructive, consistent with their expertise and timely, without any personal or offensive comments.
  • Editors guarantee protection of reviewers’data and confidentiality of materials submitted to the Editorial Board during the review process.

IV. Duties of the Editorial Board

  • Members of the Editorial Board are experts (scholars or practitioners) in the field of insurance law.
  • Their responsibilities include commitment to the interests and development of the „Insurance Law” and they shall endeavour to promote the magazine, show concern for its development and high content-related and editorial quality.
  • Another duty of the members of the Editorial Board is to seek the best authors and reviewers,and to select appropriate topics.
  • Members of the Editorial Board shall aim at meeting the expectations of readers and authors, constantly improve the quality of the journal, guarantee the high quality of published materials, promote freedom of expression and preclude commercial benefits which may infringe intellectual standards.
  • Members of the Editorial Board are obliged  to participate actively in the meetings of the Editorial Board, in shaping and defining the scope of the topics of the quarterly and determining the challenges for the future.
  • Members of the Editorial Board shall be responsible for the acceptance for publication or rejection of the article. They only accept articles in case of which they  have certainty that they contain reliable and accurate research results and information based on credible sources. They shall make every effort to detect plagiarism and support authors whose copyrights have been violated, shall apply sanctions against the unfair authors, such as removal of the article from the site, notification of the University, with which the author is associated, etc. They try to avoid the conflict of interest in case of rejected or accepted articles.
  • Members of the Editorial Board are ready to publish a critical comment to the published article, encouraging a discussion. The authors of the contested materials have the opportunity to respond.  We do not exclude research showing negative results. In case of errors appropriate explanations and corrections are published.
  • Members of the Editorial Board evaluate initially submitted articles, help the Editor-in Chief in selecting appropriate reviewers, protect their anonymity, ensure the confidentiality of the materials submitted to the Editors in the review and editorial process.

V. Duties of Editors

  • Editors are responsible for the protection of personal data.
  • Editors are obliged to take action, consisting not only in rejecting  the article in case of suspicion that the article is plagiarized. This obligation covers both published and unpublished materials. If the response of the  person suspected of plagiarism is not satisfactory, the Editors refer to the relevant bodies to investigate the matter. Editors shall make every effort to resolve the issue.
  • Editors have  systems  for managing conflicts of interest between employees, authors, editors and reviewers.

VI. Publishing ethics and intellectual property

  • Editors monitors the observance of the principles of ethics by authors, reviewers and the Members of the Editorial Board.
  • Ethical and intellectual standards are preserved.
  • Integrity of the academic record and editorial standards is ensured.
  • If any inaccuracies or misleading statements are noticed in the published material, Editors publish clarifications, retractions and apologies with due prominence if this is needed.
  • Editors use all possible means for detecting plagiarism. The Publishing Ethics Resource Kit provides help and advice.


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